Internet forums (or ‘message boards’) are websites where individual members can exchange views[i]. These may be linked in ‘threads’ on single topics. Most internet forums require users to join and log in before participating, though some are open to anyone. There has been interest in using internet forums as a means of sharing information and generating new learning and much of this experience has come from internet-based distance learning courses. Many see them as superior to email as a way of communicating electronically.
In the course of the last two years, two internet forums have been set up that have had a direct impact on my work. (more…)